Best NYC Greenmarkets for kids
Honor Earth Day by grabbing homegrown goods at a Greenmarket.
Wed Mar 16 2011
Photograph: Michael Kirby
What you'll find More than 140 farmers, fishermen and bakers peddle wares at the city's largest outdoor mart. The hub attracts around 60,000 shoppers each day.
Must-try items Treat little ones to a brownie from Race Farm; they can wash it down with a glass of Red Jacket Orchards raspberry apple juice.
Kids will love Young foodies can catch cooking demonstrations and tastings at the manager's station, on the west side of the park near 16th Street.
Union Sq West between 14th and 17th Sts, and E 17th St between Broadway and Park Ave South. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 8am--6pm.
What you'll find Open for more than two decades, this outpost is one of the city's longest-running year-round markets. You'll find fresh dairy, antibiotic-free poultry, and local fruits and veggies.
Must-try items Spice up your tyke's lunch box by using strawberry jam from Beth's Farm Kitchen for her PB&J sandwich.
Kids will love Local folk bands occasionally stop by the market to play live music for shoppers.
W 97th St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves. Fri 8am--2pm.
Brooklyn Borough Hall
What you'll find No matter the season, this bazaar's always bursting with fresh-picked produce—look for spinach and turnips in early spring.
Must-try items Arrive early on Saturdays to snag one of Wilklow Orchards' famous pie muffins or apple-cider doughnuts for breakfast.
Kids will love Greenmarket Jeopardy, offered on some Saturdays, challenges kids with questions like "How many apples are sold each day?" and "What year did the market open?"
Court St at Montague St, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn. Tue, Thu, Sat 8am--3pm.
Grand Army Plaza
What you'll find Brooklyn's flagship market is the city's second biggest. It's also within walking distance of kid faves like Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Must-try items A Kool Gherk or Classic Sour pickle from Rick's Picks is sure to hit the spot when stomachs start grumbling.
Kids will love Children get the buzz on how honey is made thanks to Nature's Way Farm beekeepers, who explain the process to customers.
Prospect Park West at Flatbush Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Sat 8am--4pm.
What you'll find This recently expanded open-air spot is the largest greenmarket in Queens. Chat up the fishmonger at American Seafood and learn how best to prepare the catch of the day, or try the specialty Mexican produce in celebration of the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood.
Must-try items My Mom's Nutty Granola from Hot Bread Kitchen is a sweet (and healthy) snack for kids.
Kids will love On certain days, the Friends of Travers Park shuts down 78th Street and hosts family-friend events.
34th Ave between 77th and 78th Sts, and 78th St between Northern Blvd and 34th Ave, Jackson Heights, Queens. Sun 8am--3pm.